Cancer is Preventable, and We Fail Women by Not Taking Steps

It is a shocking number, that could give hope in reducing cancer rates around the world. The International Agency for Research on Cancer has released a report the Lancet Global Health that suggest that cancer in women younger than 70 years of age could have been prevented. In 2020, 2.3 million women worldwide died prematurely of cancer, defined as those below the 70-year mark. By

What is a Cancer Survivor to You? Part 1.

This is a question we get a lot. What is cancer survivorship? How does one survive cancer? Can one survive cancer? Typically, many people associate survivorship with being cancer-free. And yet for some, being cancer-free is not a typical endpoint, as their cancer cannot be cured, only managed. And with the fear of recurrence on the back of every cancer patient’s mind, does not being

The Changing Relationship between Cancer and Hope

I recently talked with CCSN’s President & CEO, Jackie Manthorne, about misinformation and cancer care. With all the fake news and uncertainty around research results, treatment and survivorship, Jackie made the point about why some people will take misinformation to heart. Often people are told that their cancer is incurable, and that they will die. In her experience, she said that some people accept it,

Where are the Men in Cancer Support?

During our webinar for World Cancer Day earlier this year, Angus Pratt pointed out a disparity in patient self-advocacy that he came across in his cancer journey. “If you were to look at the names of the people participating in this webinar, and make some assumptions about gender, you will realize that there is a disproportionate number of women involved in patient advocacy.” He said.

Are You Aware of the Sun?

When I first saw it there was sun awareness month, I felt it was a little silly. Of course people are aware of the sun. It is a constant reminder that too much of it can be a bad thing, from a simple sunburn to a heightened risk of melanoma. Since childhood, it’s been clear that when you go outside, you need to either slather

Occupational Cancer: A Real Work Risk

Often the International Agency for Research on Cancer lists several types of substances that are both known carcinogens and related to certain occupations. It is common to expect that some work comes with a cancer risk, such as tobacco use on the worksite, alcohol use in certain industries, and the prevalence of shift work. However, these are not even the largest contributors to cancer in